Fort Worth, Texas, Earns Trip to Williamsport for Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2002) – Westside Little League of Fort Worth, Texas, has become the first Dallas-Fort Worth area team to win a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series in more than 40 years.
Westside pitcher Walker Kelly gave up just two hits and struck out six in going the distance tonight, walking only one, in a 2-0 victory against First Colony American Little League of Sugar Land, Texas. The victory in the Southwest Region championship game at Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Little League Baseball Southwest Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas, gives Westside one of 16 spots in the Little League Baseball World Series.
The only other Dallas-Forth Worth team to make it to Williamsport was Northeast Optimist Little League, which reached the final game in 1960, but was defeated by Levittown (Pa.) American Little League for the world title. The last team from Texas in the World Series was Bellaire Little League, which lost 2-1 to Sierra Maestra Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, in the final game.
Westside’s first game in the Little League Baseball World Series is on Friday at 7 p.m. against Webb City (Mo.) Little League, the Midwest Region champion.
Other leagues to earn berths so far are from: Valencia, Venezuela (Latin America Region); Sendai, Japan (Asia Region); Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region); Monterrey, Mexico (Mexico Region); Moscow, Russia (Europe Region); Louisville, Ky. (Great Lakes); Clemmons, N.C. (Southeast); North Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Canada); and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The 56th Little League Baseball World Series will be played in Williamsport Aug. 16-25.
The balance of the U.S. region finals, all televised live on ESPN2, are: New England (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Tuesday, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Tuesday, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 25. Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and seven games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to a record 20.
Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with nearly 3 million participants in all 50 states and 104 other countries. The Little League Baseball World Series is the culmination of the world’s largest elimination tournament, with more than 16,000 games played over a six-week period on six continents.